Sisyphus (hip hop group)

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Also known as S / S / S
Genres Alternative hip hop, trip hop, indie pop, electronic
Years active 2012–present
Labels Anticon, Asthmatic Kitty, Joyful Noise
Associated acts Doseone, Shara Worden
Members Serengeti
Son Lux
Sufjan Stevens

Sisyphus (formerly S / S / S) is a collaborative project between Serengeti, Ryan Lott (under the moniker Son Lux) and Sufjan Stevens.[1]


The trio released their debut EP, Beak & Claw, on Anticon in 2012.[2] It features vocal contributions from Shara Worden and Doseone.[3] In 2013 the trio changed their name to Sisyphus.[4] In an interview, Stevens said, "S/S/S started to sound like the Nazi Schutzstaffel with a lisp, so we had to change it."[5][6] The name is inspired in part by the art of Jim Hodges, whose work is featured on the cover of their self-titled debut full-length album, which was released on March 18, 2014.[4] Stevens says the "gold and metallic boulders Jim made were an obvious influence on our name change"—a reference to four steel-clad boulders installed at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.[7] Sisyphus performed at opening of Hodges' retrospective at the Walker on February 14, 2014.[8]



  1. ^ Phillimore, Alex (March 9, 2012). "s / s / s - "Museum Day"". Beats Per Minute. 
  2. ^ Hilton, Robin (March 6, 2012). "Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux And Serengeti Release First Song From Upcoming EP". NPR. 
  3. ^ Pellyon, Jenn (February 27, 2012). "Sufjan Stevens Teams With Son Lux and Rapper Serengeti as s / s / s, EP Due on Anticon". Pitchfork Media. 
  4. ^ a b c Minsker, Evan (2013-12-19). "Listen: Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, and Serengeti Announce LP as Sisyphus, Share "Calm It Down"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2013-12-19. 
  5. ^ Schmelzer, Paul (December 19, 2013). "On Sisyphus: Sufjan Stevens discusses Jim Hodges’ art and the new name for his S/S/S trio". Walker Art Center. 
  6. ^ "Sisyphus: A new album from Serengeti, Son Lux, and Sufjan Stevens | Asthmatic Kitty Records". 2013-12-22. Archived from the original on 2013-12-22. Retrieved 2017-04-15. 
  7. ^ Schmelzer, Paul (May 26, 2012). "Skin and Stone: A Deeper Look at Jim Hodges’ Shining Boulders". Walker Art Center. 
  8. ^ Lauer, Alex (February 19, 2014). "Valentine’s Day with Jim Hodges and Sisyphus". Walker Seen. 

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